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Once, twice, ten times a champion. Stojanović reigns supreme.

By Paul Groves | 16 Sep, 2018

This weekend’s stand out performance came from Serbia’s Ognjen Stojanović, who sealed victory and closed over a decade of racing success. The women’s race saw the title go to fellow Serbian athlete, Vida Medic , ensuring that the Serbian celebrations lasted long into the night.

For the Junior Women, victory went to Tjaša Vrtačič SLO, who shared the top place on the podium with Croatia’s Luka Grgorinić, whose run pace was simply too fast for anyone to better.

Stojanović said, after the event, “10-a uzastopna pobeda na Balkanskom prvenstvu i ETU kupu na Ohridu u Makedoniji. Zatvorio sam krug od 12 godina sa obzirom da je moje prvo Balkansko juniorsko bilo isto u Makedoniji, 2006. godine. Vreme je da mlađe generacije “preuzmu” ovu trku, tako da sa obzirom da sam uspeo da osvojim 10 seniorskih titula od 10 nastupa verovatno je ovo moj poslednji nastup na Balkanijadi.
Hvala publici, trenerima, svim triatloncima/triatlonkama i članovima Triogy Racing MKD na navijanju - kao kod kuće da sam se takmičio! Česitike organizatorima na trudu i dobroj organizaciji, Vidi na pobedi u ženskoj kao i Lani na srebru u kadetskoj konkurenciji, a čestitam i Peer-u iz Nemačke na 2. mestu (ETU kup), i prijateljima Butturiniju (HR) i Planku (SLO) na 2. i 3. mestu na Balkanskom. “Mi smo realisti - činimo nemoguće stvari”.
10th consecutive victory at the Balkan Championship and ETU Cup at Ohrid in Macedonia. I closed the circle of 12 years since my first Balkan junior was the same in Macedonia in 2006. It’s time for the younger generation to “take over” this race, so since I managed to win 10 senior titles of 10 appearances, this is probably my last performance in the Balkan Championships.

Thank the audience, coaches, all triathlons / triathletes and members of the Triogy Racing MKD at cheerleading - like at home I was competing! Congratulations to the organizers for their efforts and good organization, See the Women’s Wins as well as Last Year’s Silver in the Cadet Competition, and I congratulate Peer from Germany at 2nd place (ETU Cup), and friends Butturini (HR) and Planko (SLO) 2nd and 3rd place in Balkan. “We are realists - we do impossible things.”

Vrtačič had time as well after the race to comment, “For me, the last race in the season, which I completed in the best possible way - by winning the Balkan Championship in the sprint triathlon. The second win in the season and a good achievement on the ETU competition in Zagreb will probably bring me enough points to rank among the top 5 in the rankings of European juniors, which will be a great achievement. The Balkan Championship will remain in my memory for the excellent organization, extremely friendly people and wonderful nature. Thank you Ohrid! Congratulations to others

Thanks for support!
Za mano je zadnja tekma v sezoni, ki sem jo zaključila na najboljši možni način - z zmago na Balkanskem prvenstvu v sprint triatlonu. Druga zmaga v sezoni in dober dosežek na ETU tekmi v Zagrebu mi bodo verjetno prinesli dovolj točk za uvrstitev med top 5 na lestvici evropskih mladink, kar bo odličen dosežek. Balkansko prvenstvo mi bo ostalo v lepem spominu tudi zaradi odlične organizacije, izredno prijaznih ljudi in čudovite narave. Hvala Ohrid! Čestitke ostalim
Hvala za podporo!

We are awaiting some official photos and as soon as we have them will update the gallery but from the reports coming back from everyone who was there, the venue was simply superb.

Related Event: 2018 Ohrid ETU Triathlon Balkan Championships
15 - Sep, 2018 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Ognjen Stojanovic SRB 00:54:35
2. Peer Sönksen GER 00:55:18
3. Jacopo Butturini CRO 00:55:24
4. Matevž Planko SLO 00:56:37
5. Per Wangel SWE 00:56:47
6. Luka Paliska CRO 00:57:19
7. Klemen Bojanc SLO 00:57:30
8. Grigoris Souvatzoglou GRE 00:57:44
9. Travis Mcgrath RSA 00:59:13
10. Aleksandar Strandev BUL 01:00:36
Results: Elite Women
1. Vida Medic SRB 1:05:28
2. Ipek Oztosun TUR 1:05:38
3. Ece Calp TUR 1:06:19
4. Nina Mandl SLO 1:08:22
5. Katerina Sapari GRE 1:12:39
6. Kalina Paunovska MKD 1:15:14
DNS. Hrista Stoyneva BUL DNS
Results: Junior Men
1. Luka Grgorinic CRO 00:57:32
2. Jan Škrjanc SLO 00:58:41
3. Erick Rogoz Lörincz ROU 00:58:52
4. Cristian Virgil Tranulea ROU 00:59:11
5. Máté Jankov HUN 00:59:18
6. Kıvanc Sahinkaya TUR 00:59:39
7. Georgios Lavdas GRE 00:59:45
8. Muzaffer Gur TUR 00:59:56
9. Domen Obreza SLO 01:00:13
10. Matic Močnik SLO 01:00:41
Results: Junior Women
1. Tjasa Vrtacic SLO 1:03:52
2. Til Ocvirk CRO 1:05:47
3. Ivana Granosa CRO 1:07:58
4. Beyza Cesur TUR 1:08:17
5. Maria Aimilia Kazamarioti GRE 1:08:21
6. Elif Manisa TUR 1:08:38
7. Petra Koceic CRO 1:09:23
8. Birsu Ulkat TUR 1:09:59
9. Paola Horvat CRO 1:10:32
10. Ezgi Sevcan Ustabaş TUR 1:10:44
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